The operator originally intended to apply for a 25-year consent based on the lifespan of the wind farm’s components, and the new application was addressing a “discrepancy with the original lease”.The decision by ministers and Marine Scotland yesterday concluded that the extension proposals would not “fundamentally alter the character or scale of the development”.
Marine Scotland added that it expected all turbine components would meet the life expectancy of the 25-year period.Only one objection to the plans was made by a salmon fishing firm based in Blackdog.
Biomass is currently the largest U.S. renewable energy source with more than 200 existing plants providing electricity for 1.5 million American homes.
A Vattenfall spokeswoman said: “The extension of the operating life of the wind farm will deliver a boost to local jobs, businesses and the generation of more fossil free electricity.”Aberdeen Bay Wind Farm, which sits around a mile and a half off the coast of the Granite City, generates £150,000 in community each year for the local area.
The site has the potential to power 80,000 homes and generate the equivalent of 70% of Aberdeen’s domestic electricity demand.